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Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has revealed that the national team’s inability to take wickets and bowl defensively led to them losing the one-off Twenty20 International against England on Sunday.
Pakistan scored 173/6 during their innings, thanks to Babar Azam’s 65 and Haris Sohail’s 50.
However, England went on to win the match by seven wickets with four balls to spare, courtesy of captain Eoin Morgan’s unbeaten 57 off just 29 balls.
“Our bowling unit is failing to defend totals, which is an area of concern because when our bowling line-up doesn’t manage to take wickets then they shift to defensive bowling, which is not a particularly strong area of the Pakistani bowlers,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “Until we learn the art of bowling defensively, which is made up of bowling variations, slower bouncers and a mixture of other deliveries, Pakistan will not become a formidable team outside Asian conditions.
“Our bowlers got hit for a boundary in all but three overs, which is why we were not able to create pressure on the opposition and this game is all about creating pressure.”
Pakistan will now look to bounce back in the five-match ODI series against England, which begins on Wednesday at The Oval.
After the series, Pakistan will play two World Cup warm-up games against Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Bristol and Cardiff on May 24 and 26 respectively.
They will then kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.